Report 4 Skoda Kodiaq £29,960 OTR/£33,895 as tested
Regular readers might remember I previously ran a Nissan X-Trail, a direct competitor to the Kodiaq. In our recent £30k family SUV test (issue 298), the Kodiaq came out on top. But I wanted to get them together and see how they ftted to my needs, as I remember the X-Trail being a very good package.
And, after spending some time with the (E)X-Trail, I don’t disagree with our results, but I do feel it’s closer in the real world. Dynamically and fnancially, the Kodiaq beats the X-Trail hands down. It’s better value, feels much more like a car, has a lot less body roll. While the X-Trail wallows, the Kodiaq will get the kids to school, fast.
But, for me, the interior packaging is crucial, and the X-Trail is better – the two far rear seats sit lower and further back, so there is more overall space for heads and legs. The boot opening is higher, making it easy for kids to clamber through and for adults to load the boot. A lot of this is to do with the shapes of the cars, with the Kodiaq opting for a more sporty rear while the X-Trail is higher and more boxy. But what you gain in height and leg room you lose in bootspace when all seven seats are up. The advantage there goes to the Skoda.
So, is there a winner? While the Kodiaq is the better car, the X-Trail, for my current needs (three young kids), is the more practical for everyday use. Come the time when the kid seats are gone, I’d be plucking the Kodiaq and its greater sportiness and better looks. But if Nissan and Skoda are paying attention, what these two really need is the ability to get three car seats across the middle row. Is anyone listening?
Big difference in roofline profile makes the X-Trail easier to use